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#1088 Feb 20, 2010
eleanorigby wrote:
<quoted text>
I am so chuffed at this.
I saw some reference to El's Kitchen in Nelly's earlier,
then finally it clicked.....nothing on my tracker so was
in the dark until I just found it, and found all you lovely
friends gathered here.......
Grace, I am so glad you opened the door once again, I loved my
kitchen and the folk who came by, had a few issues, all resolved, and just hope to see you all as before.
It's coffee, or whatever you will, and doughnuts all round,
it's warm and toasty in here, there is a Welcome on the mat for all my friends.
El,
So good to see you here,
and that you weren't mad I brought back the thread,
it was always an easy popular one..

I see you folks had a 'shake' of snow!!!! LOL
Here too, but nothing TOO hard, except it is VERY cold
all the time,
my late Mother used to say,
'you casn never be sure of winter weather
until Feb has gone'

I remember El, how innocent back then,
this particular Aunt had a habit of 'repeating'
the saying> 'February Fill Dyke'

as kids, we used ask her about the
weather and say things like 'Do you like February'
and 'Do you think February will bring more rain'
to try & get her to repeat the saying.
then eventually she'd say- never realising she said it so much-!

'Ah well, you know the old saying>' FEBRUARY FILL DYKE'
then we'd burst out laughing and run away'!
the innocence of kids!!
LOL

Anyway,
Happy times on your thread..

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#1089 Feb 20, 2010
eleanorigby wrote:
<quoted text>
Hey Paise, how are you and how are coping with all the snow
we heard you are having the worst time. Here we have a few
more inches which fell overnight, just a few, and cars skidding
all over the hockey. Looks beautiful it's true enough.
Thank you so much for the warm welcome back, reciprocated.
Hello El! Yes, we got hit over and over like you guys sis, and we still have quite a snowpack and snow mountians near our driveways and parking lots. Near traffic, it turns black after awhile, and disgusting. As it daily melts and keeps the roads wet with it, other cars are constantly spattering it in your windshield and you have to have a lot of washer fluid, and a spare gallon in your car just to navigate across town. At this point that is the only hassle from the weather. We got a warm-up with a rain event on the way, we'll see how much rain. With this snow pack we could be looking at floods. We'll see.
It is beautiful though, especially on the river, better the snow than the stark grays browns and blacks of winter.
My it is good to be back here. I hope your weekend has been good, and that your hubby is feeling fine.

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#1090 Feb 20, 2010
"sis" should say did, crimony!

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Since: Jun 06

Rayleigh, UK

#1091 Feb 21, 2010
Grace Nerissa wrote:
<quoted text>
El,
So good to see you here,
and that you weren't mad I brought back the thread,
it was always an easy popular one..
I see you folks had a 'shake' of snow!!!! LOL
Here too, but nothing TOO hard, except it is VERY cold
all the time,
my late Mother used to say,
'you casn never be sure of winter weather
until Feb has gone'
I remember El, how innocent back then,
this particular Aunt had a habit of 'repeating'
the saying> 'February Fill Dyke'
as kids, we used ask her about the
weather and say things like 'Do you like February'
and 'Do you think February will bring more rain'
to try & get her to repeat the saying.
then eventually she'd say- never realising she said it so much-!
'Ah well, you know the old saying>' FEBRUARY FILL DYKE'
then we'd burst out laughing and run away'!
the innocence of kids!!
LOL
Anyway,
Happy times on your thread..
Hello Grace, and Good Morning, another white one here, it's certainly hanging on this year. FEBRUARY FILL DYKE. I love it. Doesn't it just about sum up February completely. A nice tale out of Ireland, always good to hear. What little torments you were Grace Nerissa! hahahaha And weren't we all the same. Fond memories though and where's the harm?!

Well Shrove Tuesday came and went, I took a raincheck as too tired on Tuesday, so made pancakes Thursday. So instead of Pancake Tuesday we had Pancake Thursday instead. Somebody asked me the origin of the date, but I have no idea, I have a feeling it is based on religion. Regardless of that, the pancakes went down well enough!

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Since: Jun 06

Rayleigh, UK

#1092 Feb 21, 2010
Hiawadda wrote:
<quoted text>Hello El! Yes, we got hit over and over like you guys sis, and we still have quite a snowpack and snow mountians near our driveways and parking lots. Near traffic, it turns black after awhile, and disgusting. As it daily melts and keeps the roads wet with it, other cars are constantly spattering it in your windshield and you have to have a lot of washer fluid, and a spare gallon in your car just to navigate across town. At this point that is the only hassle from the weather. We got a warm-up with a rain event on the way, we'll see how much rain. With this snow pack we could be looking at floods. We'll see.
It is beautiful though, especially on the river, better the snow than the stark grays browns and blacks of winter.
My it is good to be back here. I hope your weekend has been good, and that your hubby is feeling fine.
Hi Paise, Good Morning to you. Speaking of snow, we had been visiting friends and came back via the Crimean Pass, quite a gradient, and it happened to be too icy to travel further, so amongst about a dozen other drivers, we had to sit patiently while the road workers came out. Two hours on, I need the bathroom, desperately. lol It's a remote area but there were a little row of tiny cottages nearby, but I would not infringe. Eventually I had to and knocked on the door of one, where I had seen the curtain tweaking.
The door was opened by an elderly lady, who was from Liverpool originally.'Come in love, bathroom's top of the stairs' meanwhile she called out to her daughter,'put the kettle on and get out the biscuits' and for the next hour we sat in the comfort of the warm living room by a cheerful coal fire, sipping tea, eating biscuits, and reminiscing about home as it was.
Until the raod was clear.
I could not have chosen to knock on a better door than that.

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Since: Jun 06

Rayleigh, UK

#1093 Feb 21, 2010
Reading back, I want to thank all for their concern over my husband's health, and to let you know he is once again fighting fit, lol, seriously, much improved in himself, having to realise certain limitations.

Have missed you guys greatly, you are just the best.

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Since: Jun 06

Rayleigh, UK

#1094 Feb 21, 2010

(I never knew this about cucumbers)....did you??

The Amazing Cucumber:
This information was in The New York Times several weeks ago as part of their "Spotlight on the Home" series that highlighted creative and fanciful ways to solve common problems.

1. Cucumbers contain most of the vitamins you need every day, just one cucumber contains vitamins B1, B2, B3, B5, B6 and C, folic acid, calcium, iron, magnesium, phosphorus, potassium and zinc.

2. Feeling tired in the afternoon, put down the caffeinated soda and pick up a cucumber. Cucumbers are a good source of B vitamins and carbohydrates that can provide that quick pick-me-up that can last for hours.

3. Tired of your bathroom mirror fogging up after a shower? Try rubbing a cucumber slice along the mirror, it will eliminate the fog and provide a soothing, spa-like fragrance.

4. Are grubs and slugs ruining your planting beds? Place a few slices in a small pie tin and your garden will be free of pests all season long. The chemicals in the cucumber react with the aluminum to give off a scent undetectable to humans but which drive garden pests crazy and make them flee the area.

5. Looking for a fast and easy way to remove cellulite before going out or to the pool? Try rubbing a slice or two of cucumber along your problem area for a few minutes, the phytochemicals in the cucumber cause the collagen in your skin to tighten, firming up the outer layer and reducing the visibility of cellulite. Works great on wrinkles too!

6. Want to avoid a hangover or a terrible headache? Eat a few cucumber slices before going to bed and wake up refreshed and headache-free. Cucumbers contain enough sugar, B vitamins and electrolytes to replenish essential nutrients the body lost, keeping everything in equilibrium, avoiding both a hangover and headache!!

7. Looking to fight off that afternoon or evening snacking binge? Cucumbers have been used for centuries and often used by European trappers, traders and explorers for quick meals to ward off starvation.

8. Have an important meeting or job interview and you realize that you don't have enough time to polish your shoes? Rub a freshly cut cucumber over the shoe, its chemicals will provide a quick and durable shine that not only looks great but also repels water.

9. Out of WD40 and need to fix a squeaky hinge? Take a cucumber slice and rub it along the problem hinge and the squeak is gone!

10. Stressed out and don't have time for a massage, facial or visit to the spa? Cut up an entire cucumber and place it in a boiling pot of water, the chemicals and nutrients from the cucumber will react with the boiling water and be released in the steam, creating a soothing, relaxing aroma that has been shown to reduce stress in new mothers and college students during final exams.

11. Just finished a business lunch and realize you don't have gum or mints? Take a slice of cucumber and press it to the roof of your mouth with your tongue for 30 seconds to eliminate bad breath. The phytochemcials will kill the bacteria in your mouth responsible for causing bad breath.

12. Looking for a 'green' way to clean your faucets, sinks or stainless steel? Take a slice of cucumber and rub it on the surface you want to clean, not only will it remove years of tarnish and bring back the shine, but it won't leave streaks and won't harm your fingers or fingernails while you clean.

13. Using a pen and made a mistake? Take the outside of the cucumber and slowly use it to erase the ink. It also works well on crayons and markers that the kids have used to decorate the walls!



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#1096 Feb 21, 2010
eleanorigby wrote:
<quoted text>
Hi Paise, Good Morning to you. Speaking of snow, we had been visiting friends and came back via the Crimean Pass, quite a gradient, and it happened to be too icy to travel further, so amongst about a dozen other drivers, we had to sit patiently while the road workers came out. Two hours on, I need the bathroom, desperately. lol It's a remote area but there were a little row of tiny cottages nearby, but I would not infringe. Eventually I had to and knocked on the door of one, where I had seen the curtain tweaking.
The door was opened by an elderly lady, who was from Liverpool originally.'Come in love, bathroom's top of the stairs' meanwhile she called out to her daughter,'put the kettle on and get out the biscuits' and for the next hour we sat in the comfort of the warm living room by a cheerful coal fire, sipping tea, eating biscuits, and reminiscing about home as it was.
Until the raod was clear.
I could not have chosen to knock on a better door than that.
We just never know what is going to happen next, do we? One minute you're traveling and thinking you know your itinerary and the next it takes a sudden twist. What a wonderful outcome! Thank you for sharing such a lovely story.

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#1097 Feb 21, 2010
eleanorigby wrote:
Reading back, I want to thank all for their concern over my husband's health, and to let you know he is once again fighting fit, lol, seriously, much improved in himself, having to realise certain limitations.
Have missed you guys greatly, you are just the best.
An answer to prayers, thanks for letting us know.

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#1098 Feb 21, 2010
El, those are some amazing tips about the cucumbers! When going out with the crew to work in the Summer, we often grab cucumbers out of the garden on the way out to snack on when the work evenings grow long. It does calm a growling tummy for hours. Also, working outside much of the year, we've learned how to cope with the sun. We try to never burn, though no amount of sunscreen prevents a deep tan by Summer's end. And sometimes no matter what one does one's nose and cheeks will get sunburned. I soak some cucumber slices, and half slices I forked some holes inin vinegar for a couple of hours, kept in the icebox, and place them on the burnt areas for about 20 minutes. It cools on contact, takes the burn right out of it. The next day we awake with the burn completely gone, color and all, and we don't seem to be aging quickly either, at least not yet, lol.
The vinegar works all over for burns, too. Wet towels, soaked in vinegar and allowed to set on the burnt areas will take the pain, color and heat away by the next morning and you won't peel either. A Florida ocean lifeguard told me about it one year when we had the kids down there on vacation, and didn't realize on the first day at the beach that the wave action and sand rubs even the most waterproof of sunscreens off constantly and that one must apply it a dozen times a day out there. Vinegar saved our ten day vacation!

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Since: Jun 06

Preston, UK

#1099 Feb 22, 2010
Hiawadda wrote:
El, those are some amazing tips about the cucumbers! When going out with the crew to work in the Summer, we often grab cucumbers out of the garden on the way out to snack on when the work evenings grow long. It does calm a growling tummy for hours. Also, working outside much of the year, we've learned how to cope with the sun. We try to never burn, though no amount of sunscreen prevents a deep tan by Summer's end. And sometimes no matter what one does one's nose and cheeks will get sunburned. I soak some cucumber slices, and half slices I forked some holes inin vinegar for a couple of hours, kept in the icebox, and place them on the burnt areas for about 20 minutes. It cools on contact, takes the burn right out of it. The next day we awake with the burn completely gone, color and all, and we don't seem to be aging quickly either, at least not yet, lol.
The vinegar works all over for burns, too. Wet towels, soaked in vinegar and allowed to set on the burnt areas will take the pain, color and heat away by the next morning and you won't peel either. A Florida ocean lifeguard told me about it one year when we had the kids down there on vacation, and didn't realize on the first day at the beach that the wave action and sand rubs even the most waterproof of sunscreens off constantly and that one must apply it a dozen times a day out there. Vinegar saved our ten day vacation!
The possibilities for uses are endless Paise, thank you for your tips on these further ones.

I have a very fair skin, unfortunately, but sit out in the sun at every opportunity, plus, although the air here is pure, it can be very drying to the skin, being close to mountains and sea. Thought you may be interested in this product which I use religiously, I never burn thanks to this, and I am also complimented on my skin! LOL

http://www.p20.co.uk/

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#1100 Feb 22, 2010
Morning EL and All.
Isnt there a ring to that! LOl
>

El'N'All

Ha ha!

if you ever want to do a new thread,
there a possible title idea! Ha ha!

**

El, seriously,
it's very cold again,
and i hear you have more
snow on the way!
they are forecasting that t should last
until around early March!!!!

Well as i always think
NOTHING we can do! LOL

Have a good day
all here
Xx

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#1101 Feb 22, 2010
Did someone mention Pancakes !!!??

OH, but please... no cucumber pancakes!!

Good Monday morning/afternoon mates!:)

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Since: Jun 06

Preston, UK

#1102 Feb 22, 2010
Grace Nerissa wrote:
Morning EL and All.
Isnt there a ring to that! LOl
>
El'N'All
Ha ha!
if you ever want to do a new thread,
there a possible title idea! Ha ha!
**
El, seriously,
it's very cold again,
and i hear you have more
snow on the way!
they are forecasting that t should last
until around early March!!!!
Well as i always think
NOTHING we can do! LOL
Have a good day
all here
Xx
LOL! Good one Grace.(feel free) hahaha

It IS cold you're right, bitter cold out. Looks so nice
from here, the sun glistening on the snow, but a different
scenario outside. A few weeks of it yet you say? TG for
freezers is all I can say.

The evenings are getting lighter, I will miss the early dark cosy evenings, very restful.

Have a nice day Grace, keep warm.
XX

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Preston, UK

#1103 Feb 22, 2010
Slow Hand Luke wrote:
Did someone mention Pancakes !!!??
OH, but please... no cucumber pancakes!!
Good Monday morning/afternoon mates!:)
Now Luke, what am I to do with the dozen cucmber pancakes I already prepared?

Don't answer that, hahaha

No, not for me either, my preference is for a squeeze of lemon and sugar, although I wouldn't say NO to Maple syprup and Vanilla ice-cream.

So, how do you want yours served? Your wish.........

Have a great day Luke.

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#1104 Feb 22, 2010
eleanorigby wrote:
<quoted text>
Now Luke, what am I to do with the dozen cucmber pancakes I already prepared?
Don't answer that, hahaha
No, not for me either, my preference is for a squeeze of lemon and sugar, although I wouldn't say NO to Maple syprup and Vanilla ice-cream.
So, how do you want yours served? Your wish.........
Have a great day Luke.
OMG! I have never thought to have ice cream with pancakes and maply syrup! I am partial to peanut butter and maply syrup on my hotcakes/flapjacks/pancakes.

And a great day to you Ell.

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you will be the cat's meow.

#1105 Feb 22, 2010
I travel the world via my color TV [telly], don't ya know. In recent weeks of your time away, these programs [programmes] coincidentally highlighted life as the Welsh know it. Viewing these, I would react "hey, Eleanorrigby would know this"

Rather than one long post for three shows, which could be unwieldy, I will use 1 post per show.

http://www.createtv.com/CreateProgram.nsf/vPr...

Rick Steves -- England and Wales episodes

Heart of England and South Wales After King Arthur country at Glastonbury, we go back in time to prehistoric Stonehenge. We sample hard apple cider in Wells, meet an eccentric lord in the Cotswolds, and visit an evocative ruined abbey in South Wales.

North Wales: Feisty and Poetic From towering Mount Snowdon, to evocative medieval castles, to sweeping Victorian promenades, North Wales is a poem written in landscape. We'll climb a mountain aboard a steam train, learn some Welsh, follow a miner deep into a slate mine, herd sheep with a very clever dog, and work in a pop pilgrimage to the Beatles' Liverpool.

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you will be the cat's meow.

#1106 Feb 22, 2010
http://www.rmpbs.org/content/index.cfm/show/1...

Equitrekking

Wales

In Wales, host Darley Newman gallops on wide, dramatic beaches to Neolithic tombs, castles and the pilgrimage site of King Arthur's Stone on the Gower Peninsula, viewing wild Welsh Mountain ponies and staying at Parc le Breos, a historic 19th century hunting lodge. In West Wales, Darley learns about life in this rural section of Wales from her local guide from Cae Iago, as they ride high in the mountains to take in views of the patchwork countryside. After exploring the mountains and valleys surrounding the Brecon Beacons National Park with Tregoyd Mountain Riders, Darley takes her horse for lunch at the pub in a quaint Welsh village. Then it's on Derwen International Welsh Cob Centre to learn about Welsh Cobs from Ifor Lloyd, whose family has bred Welsh Cobs for generations.

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Preston, UK

#1108 Feb 22, 2010
Slow Hand Luke wrote:
I travel the world via my color TV [telly], don't ya know. In recent weeks of your time away, these programs [programmes] coincidentally highlighted life as the Welsh know it. Viewing these, I would react "hey, Eleanorrigby would know this"
Rather than one long post for three shows, which could be unwieldy, I will use 1 post per show.
http://www.createtv.com/CreateProgram.nsf/vPr...
Rick Steves -- England and Wales episodes
Heart of England and South Wales After King Arthur country at Glastonbury, we go back in time to prehistoric Stonehenge. We sample hard apple cider in Wells, meet an eccentric lord in the Cotswolds, and visit an evocative ruined abbey in South Wales.
North Wales: Feisty and Poetic From towering Mount Snowdon, to evocative medieval castles, to sweeping Victorian promenades, North Wales is a poem written in landscape. We'll climb a mountain aboard a steam train, learn some Welsh, follow a miner deep into a slate mine, herd sheep with a very clever dog, and work in a pop pilgrimage to the Beatles' Liverpool.
Oh Luke! I know ALL these places, I would have loved to see these shows, they seem to have covered every aspect of life all
over Gt. Britain. I live in North Wales, just by reading where
Rick Steves description, I would say the Victorian Promenade is in Llandudno, the Queen of Coastal Resorts, one of my favourite days out. We are taking the steam train next month as the new track has now been laid and opened, when it first came into existence, I went along to see Prince Charles inaugurate it, it was quite interesting, the narrow gauge railway of course, used extensively in America also.
How very nice of you to post this here, thank you kindly.

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Since: Jun 06

Preston, UK

#1109 Feb 22, 2010
Slow Hand Luke wrote:
http://www.rmpbs.org/content/i ndex.cfm/show/156938/Wales
Equitrekking
Wales
In Wales, host Darley Newman gallops on wide, dramatic beaches to Neolithic tombs, castles and the pilgrimage site of King Arthur's Stone on the Gower Peninsula, viewing wild Welsh Mountain ponies and staying at Parc le Breos, a historic 19th century hunting lodge. In West Wales, Darley learns about life in this rural section of Wales from her local guide from Cae Iago, as they ride high in the mountains to take in views of the patchwork countryside. After exploring the mountains and valleys surrounding the Brecon Beacons National Park with Tregoyd Mountain Riders, Darley takes her horse for lunch at the pub in a quaint Welsh village. Then it's on Derwen International Welsh Cob Centre to learn about Welsh Cobs from Ifor Lloyd, whose family has bred Welsh Cobs for generations.
HOW interesting. I wish I had seen this, I love seeing where I live through the eyes of another.

I must say though, never tell a Welshman that King Arthur was in Glastonbury. The Welsh claim him as their own!
One my favourite Welsh poems starts 'I no longer believe in Arthur'
as apparently King Arthur was resting at the bottom of a lake, Marchlyn Mawr by name, but the powers that be, turned it into a header tank to feed the Power Station. It is still an area of natural beauty, but I can understand the wrath of the local people.

I am not too familiar with West Wales, or South Wales, I have lived in mid Wales, I lived in a 16th century cottage, formerly an Inn, and it was haunted. Or so legend had it. I was never afraid there myself, although my neighbour and friend would not visit, but would call me at 9 p.m., every evening to see how I was! That was a strange introduction to Wales.

Thanks again for posting these links, I will peruse them at liesure, and let us not forget Liverpool, one of my favourite places, and I a Mancunian, it's virtually unheard of.

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